I decided I wanted to keep track of my experiences with Invisalign after scouring the internet for info and reading other people’s blogs. Learning about what others went through was such a tremendous help! I hope to do the same for you.
When I was a kid, I remember trying to convince my parents that I had a terrible overbite and that I just couldn’t live one more day without braces. Truth is, my best friend had them and, well, I suppose I wanted to be “cool” too. My teeth were crooked but weren’t terrible and my family couldn’t afford braces anyway, so… I figured I was doomed to be snaggle-toothed for the rest of my life.
Over the years, my teeth became more crowded and, in my opinion, not very pretty. There’s no denying that people perceive those with straight teeth differently than they would a person with crooked teeth. Straight teeth are a sign of good health and also an important factor in social interaction. Just think of how often you involuntarily look at someone’s mouth when they’re speaking to you.
Unfortunately, not only have I been blessed with less than perfect teeth, but I also have the world’s ‘gummiest’ smile. It’s something I’ve been self conscious about since I was a little kid. My cousins even nicknamed me “The Gummy Bear”. Can you imagine being embarrassed every single time you laugh? Well maybe, right? Otherwise you probably wouldn’t have come about my Invisalign blog! Anyway, aside from surgery, there’s not a whole lot I can do about that. What I can do though, is work with what I’ve got.
So yeah, my goal is that hopefully by this time next year, I can smile with much more confidence than I do today… and that would be just frickin awesome.
A little about me:
I’m 27 years old and I live on the gulf coast of Texas. I spend probably too much time at the beach which isn’t good for my skin but it definitely is good for my soul. I have two cats and an awesome husband who is a jet pilot in the Navy, who also happens to have perfectly straight teeth. My cats are my kids… In fact, here, take a gander at these pictures:
Some facts about my case:
Number of aligners: 27 upper, 19 lower
Cost: $5,880 Insurance won’t cover me since I am over the age of 23… so hell yeah, I’m gonna be wearing my aligners like I should.
I suppose I should’ve updated this neglected part of my blog some time ago. After about five months of treatment, my husband received orders to a land far, far away… if you consider the East Coast far… it certainly was for me. Anyway, aside from coping with beach withdrawals, I had to find a new provider and of course the total cost and number of trays changed because of refinements.
Total number of aligners including first refinement: 34 upper, 26 lower. I am currently waiting for my second refinement and will hopefully find out the number of aligners within a few days.
Total cost so far: $6,000 This doesn’t include retainers.